I’m lucky enough to be part of the marketing group working on the Illuminating York festival that starts today and runs through until Sunday 1 November. We had our press launch last night, and had a fantastic turn out, including Look North, The Yorkshire Post, York Press and the arts journalist Patrick Kelly.
The 10 day annual event gives people the opportunity to see cutting edge technology used to highlight the beauty of some of York’s oldest buildings and monuments – this year the multangular tower in the Museum Gardens and the courtyard at King’s Manor. The picture above shows the work of two companies GaiaNova & OMA International, who will be based in the Museum Gardens every night for their Wall of Light piece – I’ve included a link to their blog here (Drawing Live News), but you can find out more about how their piece works by visiting the Tagtool website. It’s a very cool piece of equipment which, in conjunction with a laptop and projector, allows images to be created, edited and projected to a giant scale. There’s also information on the Tagtool website about how you can build your own, if you are technically-minded! York based company Bright White will be projecting Vespertine in King’s Manor, a light and sound piece based on nocturnal creatures and sounds – the sound is fantastic in the space!
Pilot Theatre & KMA will also be featured at the festival, projecting their piece 5Circles in St Sampson’s Square 23 -25 October. They’ve just been awarded the Inspire mark for 5Circles- which essentially means they will be included in the London 2012 cultural programme of events – well done to them.
After all the hard work that goes into planning such a large event, it’s absolutely brilliant to see the final results. The artists who were drawing last night are incredibly talented, and I strongly urge you to come along and take a look – you can even have a go at ‘drawing on the wall’ yourself, and I promise, if you’re interested in photography – you will get some AMAZING shots.
The festival takes place every evening from 6pm – 10pm, and you can find out more about what’s on, and how you can get involved on the Illuminating York website